Saturday, December 26, 2009

Soma Is Here

Alcohol substitute that avoids drunkenness and hangovers in development

"The new substance could have the added bonus of being "switched off" instantaneously with a pill, to allow drinkers to drive home or return to work.
The synthetic alcohol, being developed from chemicals related to Valium, works like alcohol on nerves in the brain that provide a feeling of wellbeing and relaxation.
But unlike alcohol its does not affect other parts of the brain that control mood swings and lead to addiction. It is also much easier to flush out of the body.
Finally because it is much more focused in its effects, it can also be switched off with an antidote, leaving the drinker immediately sober."
"Professor Nutt believes that the new drug, which would need licensing, could have a dramatic effect on society and improve the nation's health."

"I don't understand anything," she said with decision, determined to preserve her incomprehension intact. "Nothing. Least of all," she continued in another tone "why you don't take soma when you have these dreadful ideas of yours. You'd forget all about them. And instead of feeling miserable, you'd be jolly. So jolly."

Brave New World


Blogger spooked said...

definitely disturbing -- just what Americans need to keep even more drugged out and out of it.

Not to mention there may be long term consequences we don't even know about yet...

27/12/09 6:32 AM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

It's my contention, spooked, that one of the sops our overlords will strategically hand us is a shitload of mind altering drugs when times get untenable. They'll legalize most everything and unleash who knows how many designer substances to medicate the unruly unwashed.

27/12/09 3:38 PM  

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